#Metoo, But God

While many victims of sexual abuse feel shame, the God who sees us is not silent.

The great tragedy of “Me too” is not just that the world can say it. It’s not just that sin is so pervasive. It’s not just that it might wake us up to the reality that evil men and women are everywhere. “Me too”, while it may offer a temporary comfort of not feeling alone, does not offer the hope everlasting that is offered to us through the blood of Christ.

 

Unlike most viral trends inspired by mealy-mouthed feminist icons, my immediate reaction to this one was not repulsion—it was heartbreak. Waking up to see people I know and love posting “Me too” was a smack in the face. It started because Alyssa Milano tweeted:

This comes at an odd time for me, as I’ve been knee-deep studying the Doctrine of Intersectionality. Did you know that according to this doctrine one of the worst, least helpful things you can say to an oppressed group you’re not a part of is, “I understand”? Or…perhaps…”me, too”? I flipped on a favorite podcast of mine the other day and the liberal feminist cohosts droned on for ten minutes about how the worst thing you can say to someone of another race/gender/religion is how you understand them, because, according to the world, the walls between us are so impenetrable that to truly be an “ally” of another “group” is to shut up and admit you can’t understand. To see the same people latch onto and unify around “me too” is, to be euphemistic, odd.

We have attempted to make much in the past of the harm caused by the feminist myth of “rape culture” in America because the research most often to used to perpetuate the myth is bad–it often equates unwelcome sexual advances to rape, and that kind of a narrative harms actual victims of assault. If rape culture in America were a thing, it would certainly be the fang-toothed sexual freedom crowd that created it. After all, their message is that sex should be free, meaningless, easy, and come with no consequences or responsibility. Is it surprising that people who believe we are apes on ego trips would treat each other accordingly? But “rape culture” in America is not a thing, and whenever you hear the phrase, please know that whatever university campus it spawned from also offers free condoms, STD screenings, and crazy cheap birth control at its campus health center.

However, I don’t believe that pointing out the hypocrisy in the movement is the most powerful thing Christians can do right now. After all, abuse thrives in silence, and God is the ultimate protector of the abused. Over and over in the Old Testament we see God giving His people laws specifically designed to protect those (particularly women!) who were similarly unprotected in neighboring nations (see Deuteronomy 21, 22 & Exodus 21). We see from the very beginning, God stamps his image upon humanity, both male and female.

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